Professor Lars Rönnblom, MD, PhD

Professor Lars Rönnblom, MD, PhD

Uppsala University,
Sweden

Lars Rönnblom is Professor of Rheumatology at the Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University. He received his PhD in immunology in 1983 and board certification in internal medicine in 1989. He has been board certified Rheumatologist since 1994 and was appointed Professor of Rheumatology at Uppsala University in 2006. Professor Rönnblom is a Senior Consultant in Rheumatology and responsible for the lupus clinic at Uppsala University Hospital. He is group leader for the Rheumatology Section at the Department of Medical Sciences and coordinates the Swedish systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) network.

Professor Rönnblom has received a number of awards for his research, including the Scandinavian Research Foundation/Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology award for research in rheumatology, The Wyeth Prize for Clinical Research in Rheumatology and the Thuréus prize from The Royal Society of Science. He has served on anumber of Editorial Boards and currently is an Associate Editor of Lupus Science & Medicine.

Professor Rönnblom has been working on the etiopathogenesis of SLE for more than 20 years and his main research focus is the role of the type I interferon system in the development of SLE and other systemic autoimmune diseases. He first described the mechanisms behind the activation of plasmacytoid dendritic cells and the increased type I interferon production in SLE. Professor Rönnblom’s other research interests include the genetic background to disease susceptibility and clinical manifestations. His group have made seminal contributions to the identification of a number of risk genes of importance in SLE, including IRF5, TYK2, STAT4 and IRF8.

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Consultant/Advisor: UCB

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